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  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead

    ★★★★½

    Still my favorite Edgar Wright. 

    (Also, could Lucy Davis and Jessica Hynes be in more things, please? They are brilliant. It pains me that at the presumably doddering age of 44, there's probably little chance of a major role for either. I guess I will hope for something from British television.)

  • Vampire Cleanup Department

    Vampire Cleanup Department

    ★★★

    Sean Gilman, you are right. I'm not likely to forget my first experience with a hopping vampire.

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  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    ★★★★½

    Love & Friendship opened in Bellingham yesterday to a happy crowd of - wait for it - older women. Genuinely puzzled, my daughters, whom I had brought with me to the screening, commented on the sea of graying feminine heads. Jane Austen, so the perception goes, is just for the ladies.

    I'm a fan of a number of Jane Austen adaptations, the Andrew Davies/Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, of course, as well as the Emma Thompson/Ang Lee collaboration, Sense and…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Q. Why did the Native son need to die?
    A. Because the white man needs drama.

    Q. Why did the Native wife need to die?
    A. Because the white man needs drama. And an exotic dream guide.

    Q. Why did the cute Native who catches snowflakes on his tongue need to die?
    A. Because the bad guys need to be real bad and real racist because the sensitive white man needs drama.

    Q. Why did the Natives attack the injured,…